Jack O' Lantern in the forest
The origins of Halloween date back centuries, to pagan and Celtic peoples living in Britain and ancient Ireland prior to the spread of Christianity.

It’s October, which means that almost anywhere you go, you’ll see signs of Halloween. From spooky decorations around the neighborhood, to carved pumpkins adorning front porches, to giant bags of candy piled high in supermarket aisles, it’s impossible to miss the festivities which culminate on October 31st. But why do we celebrate this holiday in the first place? What is Halloween? How did it begin? Curiously enough, most people can’t answer that question.

Samhain represents a time when the doors between the human world and the spirit world are thought to be the most open.

Ancient Roots

The origins of Halloween date back centuries, to pagan and Celtic peoples living in Britain and ancient Ireland prior to the spread of Christianity. In Celtic tradition, the 31st of October marks a holiday known as “Samhain.” Celebrating the end of the harvest season and the onset of the dark portion of the year, Samhain (typically pronounced “Sow-In”) was ushered in with giant feasts and bonfires that burned late into the night.

Samhain also represented a time when the doors between the human world and the spirit world were thought to be the most open. This cast a far more sinister shadow on the autumnal festival, as many believed ghosts, witches, goblins, black cats and demons were roaming about.

Observers used this time to send messages to the supernatural powers who were believed to control the levers of nature. Some cast spells in favor of specific outcomes. It was also believed to be the only day one could invoke the devil’s help to such ends.

But it wasn’t all sinister – Samhain became seen as an ideal time for marriage, luck, health, even death. People also left offerings of food and drink outside for the visiting spirits and fairies, an invitation for the ghosts of dead family members to join them at the feast table.

Saints Go Marching

However, the complexion of October 31st changed dramatically as Western Christianity gained a foothold in the area.

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as All Saints’ Day. The night of October 31st, then, became known as All Hallows’ Eve. This was later shortened to “Halloween” (“hallow” means saint, or holy person, and “een” is a contraction of “eve”, or the evening before).

His reasons for choosing this specific date have been the subject of widespread speculation, but some scholars believe it was a direct attempt to undermine Celtic traditions and win more people over to the Christian faith. As Christianity became the dominant religion in the region, Samhain and its Celtic observers were increasingly pushed into the shadows.

A Commercialized Resurgence

Curiously, early Americans (many of Puritan faith) refused to recognize Halloween because it was viewed primarily as a Catholic holiday. In fact, it only began to gain traction in the U.S. around the turn of the 20th century when millions of Irish immigrants migrated to the United States, bringing with them a strong tradition of celebrating Halloween.

Since then, Halloween has evolved into the event we recognize today: a largely secular holiday that has become highly commercialized. Far from its spiritual roots, Halloween is now primarily a light-hearted affair full of fun costumes, tasty treats, and spooky decorations.

But that doesn’t mean Halloween is totally devoid of meaning. There’s a fascinating history behind the ever-popular Jack O’ Lantern, for example. And some conservative Christians still bristle at Halloween, convinced it’s the work of the devil in action.

Samhain is far from a dormant holiday of the past – it is still widely celebrated in pagan and Wiccan communities today.

Samhain Today

Despite its commercialization, you can make the argument that Halloween helps to bring some levity to the idea that our long-gone ancestors are visiting us, and perhaps there is value in that.

However, it’s also important to note that Samhain is not a dormant holiday of the past – it is still widely celebrated in pagan and Wiccan communities today. Participants view it as a serious holiday to be treated with reverence and respect. In their belief system, Samhain is a solemn spiritual event – not a light-hearted affair.

So, for those who will be celebrating Halloween this year, perhaps take a moment to recognize the deep roots of this curious cultural tradition we’ve adapted. Moreover, be respectful to others you meet – you never know if they might view the day through a slightly different lens.

81 comments

  1. Lionheart says:

    People will always love rituals whether it be pagan, or some other religion. It’s just the way people are.

    Next up, Christmas, winter solstice, or Yule.
    🦁❤️

    1. MIN.HOWARD BRAGG says:

      I Love The Lord God With All My Might Heart & Soul.

      1. Lori says:

        We all see, or don’t see, our spiritual path the way we WANT to see it. The only right path is one that enriches life and builds bridges to help others, regardless of religious affiliation.

        1. Robert says:

          Exactly right – well said

          1. Julie says:

            In order for the above to be true, Jesus Christ has to be wrong. He said He was the Way, the Truth and the Life and that no one came to the Father except through Him.

          2. Lionheart says:

            Yes, he was wrong.

            🦁❤️

          3. Lori says:

            Well Julie, if you don’t believe that the true path enriches life and builds bridges to help others, then you don’t believe in Jesus.

      2. Lionheart says:

        Thank you for sharing.

        I love my secular humanism, and my freedom of thought, and my ability to reason, with all my heart.

        🦁❤️

        1. Rev. B.H. says:

          Amen, Lionheart.

          1. S.P. Steve says:

            Just sharing and agreeing – I ran across this some time ago when I asked the question, where did Amen come from?
            https://truththeory.com/2017/11/25/egyptian-roots-say-amen-prayer/
            and this from Google: Where did the word Amen came from?
            Origins of amen….
            It means “it is so” or “so it be.” Amen is derived from the Hebrew āmēn, which means “certainty,” “truth,” and “verily.” In English, the word has two primary pronunciations: ah-men or ay-men.

          2. Rev. Scott Smith, DD says:

            Actually, AMEN does come from Hebrew. It is a contracted form of Ani Maamin which means I believe.

  2. Lori says:

    Halloween/Samhain also meets a need. In embracing the dark half of the year, it’s a time to turn inward to examine the shadow within ourselves. It’s a time to acknowledge the part of ourselves that does not shine so bright. Our prejudices, grudges, greed, addictions, hatred, and all the things that keep us from being the best version of who we want to be. Many pagans work to bring these aspects into the light, learning to rise above them, how to use them for a more positive effect and to find a way to build better attitudes. Acknowledging the negatives and bringing them into ritual to dissolve or transmute, is a means of growing beyond the things that conflict within ourselves. Sometimes the demons and evil spirits are simply the the shadows we hold within. This is a good time to work on these things.

    1. Abbigale Brechbiel says:

      I appreciate what you said here.

    2. Rob Hall says:

      Very well put! Excellent ideas.

    3. Exclasius says:

      I agree. My only addition to these sentiments is to remain vigilant daily of these darker issues to continue to rise above them.
      Let us never forget, we have an obligation to each other to edify and not cast obstacles.
      Thank you fur your writings, well done.

    4. Liz says:

      Very interesting. And well said❣

    5. FeistyAmazon says:

      Thank you…I sppreciate this balanced response…to the meaning of Samhain. We are creatures of Light and Dark just like Mother Nature/ Mother Earth. We must integrate both.

  3. John A Anderson, CD, CIF Mons ON says:

    something missing is the fact that it was also the Celtic New Year, which is why it was such an auspicious day for things like weddings.

  4. Bob says:

    You can find the devil in anything if you try hard enough and are paranoid in that direction. I choose not to and can find the spirit of Jesus in kids having fun and people being generous.

    1. guidvce4 says:

      Of all the comments, so far, I like yours the best.
      To this date, we, as human beings don’t quite know everything in the universe, yet. Probably never will. I choose to believe in God and the spirit of Jesus as merciful and fun-loving. Not the angry God as depicted by so many of the religions/cults of the world.
      So, yes, if the celebration of an ancient holiday brings fun and giggles to some, I don’t think God nor the spirit of Jesus really minds. Some folks just need to lighten up and relax. Have some fun.
      Thanks, Bob.

      1. Tom Phillips says:

        The fact that Halloween has its roots in paganism means that the devil is involved. Under no circumstances would Jesus Christ condone any celebration involving the demonic world. it is a very serious situation because in the spirit world, demonic spirits look for any and every opportunity to enter into and influence human beings.
        When on this earth Jesus overcame Satan during the period of His temptation. The devil although defeated by Jesus has continued to remain as the temporary god of this world (until Christ Jesus returns) whose sole purpose is to deceive the whole world. One of his clever deceptions is in making everyone believe Halloween is a harmless time of fun. Please be very careful what you believe and participate in. Tom

        1. Lionheart says:

          It sounds as though you too need to be very careful what you believe and participate in Tom. You have been taken over by your indoctrination and religious dogma. The difference is that children will grow up and change their belief structure, hopefully by using logic and reason and not an old book of tales and myth.

          🦁❤️

        2. David Ciambrone says:

          The devil was not created by man in time to be responsible for Halloween. Being pagan does not mean the devil. If you’re so concerned about the pagan beginning of Halloween you better NOT celebrate Christmas or Easter. Both are loaded with pagan symbols and traditions. Some “christians” are so full of themselves that can’t see the forest for the trees.

        3. Lori says:

          So true Lion…. Tom Phillips has stepped into a very cut off belief system. The only deception here is Tom’s own spiritual reality and/or the sick people that have taught him that these things are true. When one starts wallowing in what one THINKS is demonic and takes evil spirits as a serious situation, that person is living in a self inflicted nightmare, which sounds more like a horror movie than a loving religion. He needs some serious counseling.

        4. Anita Ganser says:

          Most of those identifying as Wiccans that I have met do this as a revolt against the Evangelical teachings of hate or not acceptance of the LGBT community and those who tromp down other faiths putting them in a prejudged pile they rail about. The more traditional ways they don’t relate to. I think it is ironic these reasons that are cited regarding traditional ways are disliked but they would participate in older traditional religious ways. These are people in my circle of acquaintances and is not meant to reflect on every person of the wiccan religion.

          I also am tired of hearing the “comparison” at Easter to the Wiccan religion. I did chastise by messenger to a facebook/dance sister in a manner she could understand. I did tell her we are actually celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. That her comparison does not come forward to pick at any other faith and it’s ironic she is not making the same comparison to Hindu or Muslim who have holiday celebrations at the same time. She is Muslim by the way. She did take down the post and was very apologetic about the post. I still can’t support her business, she was respected by me for her talent at one time. I know I have to work on that layer of forgiveness.

          1. Lori says:

            Actually, Anita, in Greek mythology The Goddess Demeter’s daughter, Persephone, rose from the under world returning to her Mother Goddess and is celebrated on the first day of Spring. The similarities are there. The christians had a strong desire to pull the early pagans toward a more patriarchal direction. Women were considered inferior.

        5. Diaphne says:

          Oh dear Tom, be careful not to empower the evil you so fear in your life.

      2. David Ciambrone says:

        I choose to believe in God and the spirit of Jesus as merciful and fun-loving? Have you really read the bible? God has condoned and told people to sell daughters to mobs for rape, supports slavery, orders parents to kill children and other “good deeds”.

        1. Lionheart says:

          I think most Christians have only read, or have been taught, the nice bits. Some Christians don’t even read the Bible, yet believe it. That’s how gullible many of them are.

          This is an excellent forum to help Christians become educated in the Bible, and/or religious history, to open their eyes. I’d love to know how many there are that only “read” comments in this forum that have given them lots of food for thought, and hopefully some might have changed their views completely on religion.

          🦁♥️

      3. Robert says:

        I have to agree… first of all, if God is the Creator, The One, the All that is, the entire Universe… then the devil and all other personas, perceptions and conceptions and truly, all things in existence, are no less a part of that One, and are perhaps best described as opposing or alternative phases or degrees of that One flowing, inseparable energy. Inescapably, everything in this reality has two opposing sides…. but that doesn’t make either side good or bad, any farther than one’s own judgement determines it or them to be. Things just are. As a guitar string vibrates, it has two sides to its movement…. back and forth… they could be described as phases or “positive” and “negative” oscillations… but, is one phase actually better than the other? In physics, they are of equal and opposite power. Without both sides, there is no vibration and no sound. The “good/+” and the “bad/-” are both necessary constituents of the evolving whole. This is true of all things and forces.

        All the oldest philosophies advise against judgement, because we cannot know, ultimately, how a “good” thing may turn “bad”, or a “bad” thing, “good” – we just have to wait and see, and no two of us will see the same identical reality or share the same observations or conclusions about what we perceive, anyway. Judgement is a war over two mentally-constructed, presumptive fallacies, as to which one is valid, usually fought for the ego’s chance to be right. Why judge?

        That and, if God created everything…. doesn’t that mean he created a sense of humour, too? What’s funny to one, may not be funny to another, or may even be offensive…. but only because one judges the thing “not funny” or “offensive”. Live lovingly, do your best, keep your own highest truth, accept what is and be grateful for every second of the gift of Life you have been given, “humour” and all. Why judge?

        Cheers,

        Rob.

        1. Lori says:

          I agree with your basic concept, but I don’t agree with “good” and “bad” being connected to the creative energies. Those are a human creation. The polarities of the creative forces/God are creative and destructive energies, which are quite different from “good and bad”. The creative and destructive energies are the building blocks of the universe. They have formed everything in existence. They also work within us, physically and spiritually, continuously reshaping our sense of reality. We have created the concept of good and bad as a means of dealing with everyday choices. Some folks like imposing this into religion as God vs Devil, or to justify their belief in evil spirits, demons, angels, fairies and other thought forms that evolved from mythology.

          1. Edgar Reed says:

            Then would this creative force be responsible for babies that suffer and die within days of birth? This has always been a question for me whenever l encounter the concept of an active, loving “God” that can be prayed to for your benefit. Perhaps there is a passive force that has always existed that is also within us that we can spiritually tune into for “enlightenment.” This is our soul that returns to the passive force once our physical bodies can no longer support it.

    2. Maureen says:

      Bob, you are a reasonable soul.

      1. Lori says:

        Yes. Seeing the good things helps us to rise above the doom and gloom sayers.

  5. Kathleen Cooper-Loher says:

    I’m sure Jesus and God have much greater and higher concerns than whether anyone has a little fun on Halloween. I would suspect that they are good with just about anything done with love in our hearts.

  6. Hazel D Graep says:

    Of course Christians will say that Samhain has to do with the devil. To enlist the help of the Christian devil, one has to be Christian. Samhain was around way before Christianity.

    1. Sandra Lent says:

      Right.

    2. Bone Watzitwitchu says:

      Double right! Thanks for saying this.

  7. sam says:

    love all we need

  8. Kenneth Tapfar says:

    Keep an open mind and don’t forget to show love.

  9. Jesse says:

    As a Christian I will say I never got into many holidays but as a father I also see a need to let kids get out and have fun learning about roots of pagan holidays is always fascinating to me and helps me see things as some others see it plus allows me the opportunity to become educated on topics so I can relate with more people and more faiths. It falls under the principal That you should love everyone and communicate with them you don’t have to agree with them but love them. Halloween is fun and any Christian that sees it as an excuse to hate a group of people or find fear in the day aren’t showing what it truly means to be a Christian.

  10. Jonathan Sarson says:

    I am Wiccan and it’s a day to remember those who have passed away and give a thought to those loved ones that used to be in your life and are now in the Summer lands. It definitely is Pagan new year and a good time to look at the shadow self and introspectively look at how to cleanse and clear that what is no longer needed anymore. I dont like how the day has become commercialised and personally feel it makes a mockery of one of the most Pagan sacred days of the year. That’s just my opinion as a Wiccan Priest. It’s very much open to interpretation depending on what Pagan background you come from.

    1. Lori says:

      Personally, and though many pagan clergy attempt to make it so through shaky reconstruction, I have never been able to reconcile Samhain being the pagan new year. It DOES initiate a point of endings, the last harvest and brings respect for those who have passed. Yule/the Winter Solstice, which is the beginning of a new yearly cycle and the return of growing daylight, has all the aspects of new beginnings. This is the point when the seasons begin again.
      I am pagan, but I do not buy into all the contradiction and questionable BS that is impractical and intended to influence and manipulate the pagan population. I have experienced various pagan clergy that express themselves as though they have vast knowledge of ancient practices, when, in fact, there are only bits and pieces of those cultures that can be accurately portrayed. Those who believe they know all, and teach, are simply pushing their own spiritual agenda, rather than guiding others to explore their own personal path.

      1. Bone Watzitwitchu says:

        I agree with much of what you’re saying, and in fact all of us are making it up (even the big established religions, but that’s another conversation). But there is a way of looking at things, according to which Samhain is the end of the agricultural year and the beginning of a fallow period, a period when the mundane world is inchoate and the veil between it and the spirit world is thin, out of which the sun/Goddess/world is reborn at Winter Solstice. I think what matters most is to be using symbols and metaphors for the Great Mystery and the cycle of life-death-rebirth that work for you. (So Samhain as new year, maybe not so much, for you.)

        1. Lori says:

          In a sense, we ARE all making it up. The universe speaks to each person in a different way. We adopt the spiritual philosophies of others or we come to a path that evolves to our specific needs. If your path leads you to expand you heart and work for constructive outcomes, then you’re probably doing what is right for you. The pagan new year is not important. It’s the new beginnings that count.

      2. McLellan says:

        I’m on board with Lori here, with both statements, but more importantly the first, as I see Yule as the pagan New Year as well. Though I think there is good parallel between Samhain and Yom Kippur in the religious meanings and tones.

        1. Mike McVeigh says:

          No, Yom Kippur is the last day of asking forgiveness from ones that a person has wronged in the past year from the day of Rosh Hashona, my Jewish New Year, 10 days previously. We (the Jews) ask forgiveness for anyone we have wronged so we can be sealed in the Book of Life for another year on this day of Yom Kippur.

        2. FeistyAmazon says:

          Interesting parallel since both are part of me.

      3. Jechanovia says:

        I used to struggle with this, as well, but have since figured it out in a way that makes sense in my own practice, so I thought I might offer it up as an added tidbit to think about.

        As we are all aware, the Wheel of the Year is based around the agricultural year; Samhain, being the final harvest, the death of the crops, dying of the trees, and culling of livestock intended for winter sustenance. Also, the collection and drying of seeds for future crops, and preparing for the coming year.

        At this time, the farmland goes dormant. Nothing grows, nothing is born, everything is still and quiet. This is the period of death and decay leading up to Yule, the longest, darkest night, which welcomes the return of the Sun, the spark of life, the initial breath, the beginning of the year.

        Nothing in nature is sharp and clean cut, but a flowing cycle, so Samhain being the end of the year (in my mind) is the “beginning of the end”, the commencement of the period of death and darkness, an anticipatory pause, which flows gradually into the spark of life that returns at Yule, the “end of the end” of the year, awakening the hope and potential for growth and abundance to come.

        I do hope this wasn’t too rambly and made some sort of sense! I’ve never attempted to get my thoughts about this out in plain English before. 🙂

        Blessings upon you!

        1. Lori says:

          Jechanovia…. It’s good to express your thoughts. I no longer struggle with it. I just don’t listen to those who try to tell me when the new year falls and I take all the pagan myth with a grain of salt. It’s up to the individual, but it sounds like you are in a good place. Bright blessings

      4. Amy Smith says:

        I also view Samhain as an ending to the old year. A time to wrap things up and bring order to chaos. The New year for me begins at the Solstice as the wheel returns to the light. Blessings to all.

        1. Lori says:

          It makes more sense to me. Bright blessings

        2. FeistyAmazon says:

          Yes…

    2. FeistyAmazon says:

      Thank you. This is how I always celebrated it and at the end a womyn’s Spiral Dance. I am saddened I live in a place with few Pagan women to celebrate in a Pagan Spiral Dance or even more ordinary circle.

      However there are a few Festivals this time of year that do. Unfortunately none close to me. If you get to celebrate in community that is precious. Of all things I miss in California were Dianic rituals and ESPECIALLY the Spiral Dance where we honored all those who passed and even more particularly those who passed in the current year. Their names were spoken. We could bring pictures of our Ancestors to put on the altars. This is Sacred.

      Unfortunately Hollywood has so demonized Hallows to make it a scary holiday to fear, rather than honor, when all their scary movies come out…and the ” Hellhouses” of the extreme Right.

  11. Stacy Mcgarity says:

    As a person of God i love all humans no matter what they believe!

    1. Rev. B.H. says:

      I need no God in order to love all humans.

  12. Mike McVeigh says:

    As a self-styled RABBI that is married to a Wicca/Pagan practitioner and both being Irish and somewhat of light-researchers, Samhain is a time of CELEBRATING the summer harvest, preparing for the cold months, celebrating ALL that the year has given us and CELEBRATING life with MARRIAGES, BIRTHS, UNIONS and eventually, those that pass to the life beyond. WHAT IS EVIL ABOUT ANY OF THIS and hiding from devils (which is a Christian creation). Yes, there is a Celtic afterworld (ruled by Arawan) but there is no malevolence in ANY of this. The Celts were practical people seeking answers for their beliefs (as all ancient people/civilizations did) as anthropologists have discovered over the decades of research. To equate this holiday with ANYTHING diabolic is ludicrous and, quite simply, stupid! If you feel this is an opportunity to show ignorance to a culture that PRECEEDS any of the 3 major religions (Jewish, Catholic, Muslim), I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!

    1. Lori says:

      I like what you’ve said. How much for the bridge?????? LOL….Bright blessings!

      1. Mike McVeigh says:

        Not for all the gold in Babylon, lol, lol. Blessed Be…

  13. Moe says:

    I am a Christian and I have never met one those who thinks Halloween is evil, although i know they’re out there. It’s hard to view 4 year old ballerinas and batmans es evil. The scariest trick or treater I have ever seen was a five year old boy in a three piece suit who said he was a LAWYER.
    The problem with some believers is that they don’t realize their halo is on too tight.

  14. I.S. Johnson says:

    The Devil. My how those Catholic nuns and fire and brimstone preachers have beaten that dogmatic clap trap in to your brains folks. For the rational and reasoned minds I pose this. IF GOD created the universe from its own sheer force of spirit and will and all contained therein. How could any one of these creations pose any meaningful challenge to GOD, when GOD can simply erase all or any one thing with the equivalent of a thought? Simple answer, it can’t. All the evil done in this world is done by the minds, mouths and hands of humans.

    Do you think Jesus is more concerned about a child dressing up like a witch or hundreds of children separated from their families at the U.S. border in horrible conditions, or all the women and children being slaughtered in Yemen with bombs stamped USA, or with the thousands of Kurdish and Yazidi women and children about to be slaughtered by Turkish troops. I wonder how Jesus looks on all those who watch these and all the other horrors in our world giving tacit approval of it all by their silence? I wonder how Jesus feels about the near three quarters of a million homeless that sleep on our streets each night, 70,000 of them children. I wonder how Jesus feels about the apparent decades of pedophilia that took place in the Boy Scouts? With so many more real matters to be concerned with what is the big deal about one night of fantasy.

    I am carving my scary pumpkins because I enjoy it. The book folks around here seem so locked too says that when Jesus returns he will come with flames in his eyes and a sword in his mouth and that no one should look forward to that day. Do you think on that day the folks who celebrated Halloween will be the biggest concern or will all the other things we allow the rest of the year be a bigger issue? Things that make you go Hmm.

    Faith without action and sacrifice is hollow. You do not get out of this circus by sitting in church on Sunday while lying, cheating and stealing the rest of the week. No matter how many men in funny hats tell you so.

    Peace to all,

    I.S. Johnson

  15. Ian Foster says:

    Samhain is, to me, a very important event of the year. It’s the day we can welcome our ancestors into our home easily. It’s the end of the year for life on the land, laying dormant, and awaiting Yule for the breath of life to bring it back.
    Yes, on Samhain you have to keep an eye out for the bad spirits( spirits of those who wish you ill), but they are few and far between if you’ve been leading a good life. If you’ve led a good life so far, the fey and nature spirits will help you keep the bad ones away anyway.

    1. Lionheart says:

      I do understand your statement, but at the risk of upsetting the Pagan community please bear with me for a second.

      I have been a Christian, and I have been a Wiccan. I know the rites very well. I’ve been involved with them all……for years……. I have moved on.

      For me, having left Christianity, I found that I was looking for some sort of spirituality to replace it. At the time, Paganism (Wicca) filled that slot. After a few years, I came to realize that I had conned myself and had left one man made cult full of its rituals for another. I even conned myself into believing the fey really existed along with all of nature’s spirits, good and bad.

      I am now here to tell you that in reality, having been involved with many sabbats, esbats, tarot, scrying, runes etc it was all as real as I wanted it to be. Humanity is easily convinced of things it doesn’t know or understand, and as such, is easily persuaded to believe in untruths just as much as religionists are.

      I have now moved on to accept logic, reason, and reality.

      If, of course, it serves your needs, just as religion does for others, I say keep it in your life and enjoy it. I enjoyed my time being involved in both religion, and paganism.

      Peace ✌🏼

      🦁❤️

      1. Lori says:

        Wow again, Lion….. I’m impressed. That was nicely said. Though I do consider myself pagan, I can relate to what you’ve said more than what Ian Foster contributed.
        Most people don’t recognize that the images within spiritual beliefs are actually created by their own needs and desires, including evil spirits, but if it a person feels better having evil spirits included within their personal spiritual reality, then I say go for it. I’m not sure why that would be a good thing, but many pagans believe in them and influence other pagans to believe in them, and so it goes on and on and on, just as it does in other religions. “Influenced” is what happens to those who allow it.

  16. warjna says:

    And then, for another christianized “pagan” celebration, I present:
    El Dia de Los Muertos.
    Deal with it, folks: these celebrations are not only here to stay, they’re GROWING.

  17. Kelli Grabow says:

    I love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. I admit, I love all the costumes and the decorations and all the commercial crap! hehe. But…this story is so interesting to me. I had read about this long before, but forgot about it. I love the day of the Dead and how they celebrate their dead loved ones. It seems as that was part of the original Samhain was also celebrate our dead loved ones. Just beautiful really.

  18. Dr. Stephan Bacchioocchi says:

    I have read all the comments and what It boils down to is this, if you enjoy Halloween, Christmas, and all the other holidays, religious and non religious ones enjoy them. If you don’t, don’t. Trying to figure out what is ok, by someone’s standards, is just going to give you a headache… Peace and love to all.

  19. jamie Fitzgerald harbert says:

    Halloween basically today in the USA is a day of celebration of understanding that nation wide some kids go to bed hungry for food and handing out free candy is in fact putting much needed calories into the less fortunate children whom might only be able to get a school lunch that’s only 5 days a week. some of these kids keep this candy for those long week ends when the little left overs in the fridge are too dried out to be eaten. So I think we as good people of Faith should indeed dress up and decorate the front yards and light them brightly so all kids feel welcomed to grab all they can is a good thing to do Sharing is Caring. The kids will grow up hoping to be grown ups with a good house and a good job so they too can give out candy. Plus when Christmas comes around they’ll know how to give and wrap their give a ways with joy and love. JFH 10/25/2019

  20. Secretary3rd says:

    The Devil does show up at peoples houses that do not have a Jack O’ Lantern on their pouch to scare away the Devil.
    This is also the day that those of the dead and unholy can enter any any House of Worship that also do not have that Jack O’ Lantern on their front steps.
    What has bother me is that only the Devil shows up at homes that only believe in the Devil in the first place.
    The other faiths are left alone.

    1. Lori says:

      REALLY!!!!!!!!

  21. Bill Fox says:

    When did Jesus go out for Halloween?

  22. Anna Hunter says:

    Teach what we know to be true, and rejoice in the Lord everyday!

    1. Lionheart says:

      The problem is; what can be “demonstrated” as truth when it comes to religion? There isn’t even any evidence that any god really exists, hence the number of religions/cults that exist, all claiming to have the right one.

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    2. Lori says:

      Teach what we KNOW to be true. Isn’t it arrogant to teach our spiritual point of view as being a truth? So who’s spiritual point of view would that be? Would it be yours, Anna? Would it be the Dalai Lama’s? Would it be Jesus, who never actually wrote anything down? Perhaps it’s the teachings of Buddha. What is it that any human can honestly state as unwavering spiritual truth? The only truths are the positive, beneficial, life enriching messages for ALL, not just for one specific group, that come from all the spiritual teachers and voices of wisdom. Truth comes as a universal language that build bridges and unifies people in peace and harmony. If you only speak in your language you cannot connect to those who truly need to hear the message. The message must come from the heart of the universe, not from SOMEONES religious perspective.

  23. Reb TK says:

    Christianity long ago co-opted this once “hallowed” holiday, originally nothing more than a fall festival acknowledging the passing seasons, and how we, too, experience “passage” from one life cycle to another. And honoring those who have passed. In our culture it’s called Halloween. Some call it “all saints.”
    Christians created and have “managed” Halloween these many years. As has their “industry.” Long ago, it was a way that the “haves” appeased the “have not’s”: the latter being allowed a night of entreating the former for treats, favors and services. The poor were expected to be grateful.
    Now , the concern seems to be saving the poor by denying the institutions constructed to appease (and control) them by taking away their ability to petition, but consigning them to hell if they don’t comply.
    That is what is known as “trick or treat.”

    And in deference to Justin Bieber’s young wife: marriage to him should be scary enough!

    Reb Tk

  24. Soji says:

    I do enjoyed all the comments from A-Z. I also really enjoyed the arguments as well. My conclusion is that the Halloween have come to stay like other ones too, Christmas etc, so please just let us enjoy the shows and forget the rest. After all, the children are the beneficiaries of it all.
    SOJ.

  25. Mark Marcarian says:

    Simply love one another all the while wearing the full armor of God.

    1. Lionheart says:

      What’s wrong with just loving one another as best we all can, period? Why bring a mythical god into the equation?

      It’s like saying: “Simply love one another all the while wearing the full armor of Voldemort, or Zeus. Can you see how ludicrous that statement sounds?

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